Victor's Page

Victor W. Marek's page

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My Coordinates

OFFICE

University of Kentucky
Computer Science Department
303 Davis Marksbury Building
Lexington, KY 40506

Here's my vitae (sorry, pdf only) (app. 165K)


Teaching


Independent Study classes and Master Projects

  • Here is the information on Independent Study classes (CS612) and Master Projects (CS610)

    Research

    Current interests include: artificial intelligence, nonmonotonic logics, SAT, hardware verification, constraint programming, and databases.

    Past interests include: various aspects of logic, medical informatics and combinatorics.

    NEW: RESEARCH IN PSEUDO PRIMES

    ON-LINE PAPERS


    LINKS TO TALKS, SLIDES, AND OTHER SCIENCE-RELATED DOCUMENTS.


    Personal


    For additional visual information visit our Picture Gallery (Science-related).

    And some photos related to my family Picture Gallery (Family-related).

    There is also some genealogical information.

    For those who do not doubt that the time is passing Photos of the special session at the 2008 ISAIM.

    For an inspirational poem visit our Poetry Corner.

    For an instant educational (?) opportunity visit this page.

    For those in need of scientific inspiration: The shoes of Alfred Tarski.

    And here is our Cabinet of Curiosities.


    US Census Bureau found 13 individuals in United States named Victor Marek. For instance, I am aware of two individuals in Schwertner, TX, named Victor Marek. There are also other notable individuals with the same last name and first name, not necessarily in the United States. One, from France, has a page on Facebook.
    For those that got to this page by error and really look for the German rock-singer Viktor Marek (also known as Victor Marek), the author of a remix of a piece "Random Access Memory (Lost my Head)", here is a page that may help.


    Applications in gaming


    My colleagues, Raphael Finkel, Mirek Truszczynski and myself use SAT solver to generate Sudoku puzzles. The puzzles we generate are instrumented with the clue sequence (and solution, of course).

    Moreover, we can create Sudoku and similar puzzles of very different degree of difficulty; very easy as those of Dell's Number Place puzzles, up to puzzles extremely hard for humans (even though still 9x9). We can also generate puzzles in different sizes, for instance 16x16. True amateurs of superhuman puzzles (25x25 or 36x36 - yes, we can produce these monsters as well) are kindly requested to contact us directly.

    Recently, we started to offer "Über-puzzle'' based on the following idea: a collection of sudoku, or sudoku-like puzzle determines a message. Solving the entire collection creates an encoded text, and once this text is decoded (the code is provided), the message can be retrieved. Everything can be adjusted in this puzzle: sizes of the individual puzzles, their difficulty and, of course, the message.

    Kids can train in Sudoku too; we offer 4x4 and 5x5 puzzles especially designed for kids.

    As a service to the community my colleagues and I publish a daily Sudoku puzzle 365/365. The puzzle is available here for your puzzle enjoyment.

    A book resulting from this effort is available at the independent publisher location: Support independent publishing:
buy this book on Lulu.Puzzles Galore Volume I (Sudoku and other puzzles) or on Amazon.com

    A page with resources for sudoku designers is available here. It is a work in progress, please visit and contribute.



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    Finally, read a thought that strikes me as particularly profound:

    Before you speak, ask yourself: is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?
    Attributed to (deceased) guru Sai Baba.

    Last modified: May 10, 2014